During a recent visit to RAF Marham Air Cadets and volunteer staff of 1064 (Honition) Squadron were given a tour of the base by ex-Honiton cadet Flt Lt Nathan Shawyer. Nathan was the last RAF pilot to be trained to fly the Tornado Multi Role Combat aircraft.

During their visit to the Norfolk air base the cadets visited the station air traffic control section and saw the Tornados take off for what was to be the aircraft’s final farewell from operational service.

Tornados first took to the skies in 1979 and were first used in live operations during the Gulf war in 1991.

The RAF Typhoon will now take over as the backbone of the UK’s combat fleet alongside F 35 Lightning jets.

Volunteer staff member, Flight Sergeant Becky Trechmann-Vance said ‘I have literally had the best day at RAF Marham.  I was able to sit in my favourite aircraft and see them leave and return from today’s farewell tour’

Squadron Leader David Rolfe said. ‘ Visits to RAF stations are always a great experience for our cadets and volunteer staff, fun, exciting and an opportunity to see how the RAF operates’.

Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps (Air Cadets) currently require adult volunteer staff to help run squadrons in various locations in both counties. New cadets are also always welcome. For further details on how to join visit atcdevsom.org